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Review Entries for Day Friday, 21 May 2010

We would encourage everyone to vote for their favourite information pioneer at http://pioneers.bcs.org.

The web site vote is being organised by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT and is aimed at raising awareness of the various contributions made by people that have shaped the ICT industry in the broadest sense.

Pioneers include Alan Turing; Ada, Countess of Lovelace and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Even Sir Clive Sinclair currently appears on the leader board at present.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Friday, 21 May 2010 18:02:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 17 May 2010
BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is hosting a lecture at the University of Exeter by Jon Tilt FBCS CITP, Chief Test Architect for IBM's WebSphere MQ and ESB Development and Richard Coppen MBCS CITP, Test Architect for Ilog Development Integration on the topic of Agile Software Testing.
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Monday, 17 May 2010 10:44:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Microsoft formally launched the next generation of their Office family of products today, including Microsoft Office 2010, Sharepoint 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010.

It will be interesting to see what traction these new products will get in the corporate space.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 16:57:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 21 April 2010

McAfee have posted help on how to resolve issues on computers that have been affected by the DAT5958 problem that has caused problems world-wide on 21st April 2010.

The McAfee KnowledgeBase article is at:-

https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB68780

DAT5959 is now available from McAfee.

More information about the issues are on this blog.

Readers may also be interested in our Managing Consultant's take on this incident, which will be syndicated to IT Director tomorrow.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 21:16:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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As an update to our earlier posts:-

McAfee DAT 5959
Major Issues with McAfee AntiVirus DAT5958
McAfee VirusScan Enterprise with DAT 5958 on Windows XP SP3 Machines

McAfee have now released DAT5959 to their web site at http://www.mcafee.com/apps/downloads/security_updates/dat.asp.

We advise caution in apply this update, suggesting that it  should be trialled first on test machines before generally being rolled out.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 19:49:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We understand that McAfee has released DAT5959, which is identical to DAT 5958 that is causing machines world-wide to crash, except is does not contain the "problem".

We believe this DAT was released at 10:15 PDT (GMT-7), although is does not appear to have been posted to the McAfee/NAI web sites as at the time of this post. We presume that this is initially being rolled out to the McAfee update network.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 19:07:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Further to our earlier advisory this afternoon, we now understand that McAfee have suspended DAT 5958 from their update network.

In a circular email, McAfee have stated:-

The 5958 DAT has been removed from McAfee download servers, preventing any further impact to corporate customers. McAfee teams are working with the highest priority to support impacted customers and plan to provide an update virus definition file shortly.

McAfee have provided more details on their web site and on the McAfee Community Web Site. These sites are currently running slowly because of the huge demands being placed on them at present.

Anecdotal reports being picked up by us show huge number of sites being affected world-wide, some with thousands of machines being affected.

Our current understanding is that this only affects Windows XP SP3 machines.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:19:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We are receiving reports that McAfee's AntiVirus DAT5958 is causing Windows XP SP3 machines to fail.

Early indications are that this latest update detects svchost.exe as Win32/wecorl.a causing affected machines to crash.

We are aware of whole sites being taken down. Our advice is not to update to DAT5958 and to switch off the autoupdate feature in McAfee VirusScan Enterprise.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:37:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 03 March 2010

The next event being held by the South West branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, is on "Mobile Phone Security: Key Challenges for 2010 and Beyond" and will be presented by Alan Goode of Goode Intelligence.

The presentation will be given in the Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday, 9th March 2010 at 7:30pm. The free event is open to non-members of the BCS and represents a good opportunity for IT professionals to network with each other.

More details and registration details are available on the branch's web site.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:21:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 21 January 2010

Microsoft released MS10-002 at 18:00 GMT today, which patches the exploit that saw Google hacked. Code that exploits the flaw that this patch fixes is already in circulation, so it is important that this patch is applied quickly.

Microsoft are also suggesting that users should upgrade to Internet Explorer 8, which they consider to be significantly more secure.

We would also advise Vista machine owners to apply all the latest patches for their operating system in light of the recent virus problems at the University of Exeter, which Alastair Revell blogged about recently.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Thursday, 21 January 2010 19:50:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 20 January 2010

It is going to be interesting to see what uses the public data being made available via www.data.gov.uk will be put to over the coming months.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, is expected to formally launch the web site tomorrow.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 18:06:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 18 January 2010

The Managing Consultant of Revell Research Systems, Alastair Revell, has been appointed the Membership Director of The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP). The Institution is the UK's leading professional body for people working in the development, installation and testing of business systems and computer software.

 alastair revell

Alastair Revell, a fellow of the institution, is already a member of Council, the body's governing body and a member of its board of directors, having been elected last year.

He is a Chartered IT Professional and has been working in Information Technology since 1985 when he established Revell Research Systems. He is actively involved in software development and is currently leading several development projects for the practice.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 18 January 2010 18:16:40 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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